1. Since everything was on a strict budget, costume malfunctions were common.
STAY IN CHARACTER.
2. And the set budget usually wasn’t much bigger, which led to…setbacks.
DON’T BREAK CHARACTER.
3. You had to adapt all your character choices to your school’s stage, which probably wasn’t very big.
And every year, you dreamed of getting a thrust.
4. As a result, it’s possible you have some literal scars from your time in drama club.
THIS WAS TOTALLY PLANNED.
5. Most props were homemade, so they were sometimes more fragile than your acting instincts allowed.
WORK WITH IT.
6. And when something inevitably went wrong, you had to react quickly.
Because this is LIVE THEATER, DAHLING.
7. And quietly pray that your co-star was on the same page.
THE ANSWER IS IN YOUR SCENE PARTNER’S EYES.
11. But even when everything went horribly, ridiculously wrong, you COULD. NOT. LAUGH.
But then your scene partner chuckled, and it was all over.
12. You undoubtedly had to deal with an overzealous costar.
Relax, Patti LuPoser.
13. And that prima donna who got cast in the lead part, every time, no matter what.
Sometimes for the right reasons, but usually for the wrong reasons.
14. And that one absolutely insane director who everyone both loathed and adored.
But despite their insanity, they knew how to put on a good show.
15. And, occasionally, a new, young director who had lofty ideas that never worked out.
“FINE, we’ll just do Godspell for the fifth year in a row.”
16. And the older, jaded director who had one story about almost “making it,” and never fully recovered.
“And I swear, Meryl looked right at me.”
17. You all depended too heavily on the organized and coolheaded stage manager.
Who was probably only a sophomore.
18. And if you were on crew, you secretly thought all the actors were absolutely insane.
And secretly knew you were the glue holding the whole production together.
19. You experienced “cast drama.”
Prop sword fight, 10 minutes, the girls’ dressing room. Bring a second.
20. Especially when the romantic leads inevitably hooked up.
And then broke up two weeks after closing night.
21. Which all made for one colorful, splendid mess of a cast party.
“You are just one big Mercuti-HO!” the star yelled, and threw her soft jazz shoe.
22. But despite all the craziness and frustration and potential injuries, you were still a diehard drama nerd.
Bruised and bloodied, you did forge on.
24. And you knew that your theater family, though insane and dysfunctional, could never be replaced.
And they never have been.